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Bared... Jerome Sala is now a father

Tagbilaran, Saturday, 20 September 2008

Remember Jerome Sala? Of course, we do, don't we?

For a refresher, Jerome Sala created a stir when he became the grand champion of the reality singing tilt of ABS-CBN's Star in a Million 2005 Season 1.

But where he is now?

Well, Jerome (the People's Choice Top Entertainer Awardee as Most Promising Balladeer and finalist of the 19th Awit Awards for the Best Performance of a New Male Recording Artist for the song One In A Million You, among his awards in 2005) is back in his hometown Pilar (particularly in Barangay Bagacay) now—as a family man.

This was relayed to Bared by a Very Reliable Source (VRS) confirming (and swearing with all honesty) that Jerome took home a wife named Honey (who hails from Cebu City) and the couple have a one year old daughter.

So, the ever-supportive Tatay Jaime (who's a town councilor) and Nanay Ruth have another apo from Jerome. "The couple decided to settle down in Pilar far away from the limelight," VRS said.

And how about his singing career? He occasionally sings in parties and birthdays when he's invited. "The last time he performed in a big crowd was in June during the Miss Katigbawan Festival 2008 in Catigbian, Bohol," VRS added.

Jerome is busy. "He is now busy managing his own hallow block business," VRS added, "He supplies and trades hollow blocks to neighboring towns." An outlet or branch in Guindulman is reportedly owned by him.

Jerome Sala in an undated photo contributed to
Bared is no longer in the limelight. He's back in Bohol
managing his own business and now a father.

Jerome was considered as another musical gem in the soulful and distinct ballads (after another fellow Boholano singer Luke Mejares. ABS-CBN Star Records said that "Jerome's strengths are his deep and moving baritone voice, and his oozing sex appeal." He sings like a younger Nonoy Zuñiga and has the same audience appeal as a new generation Rico J. Puno. More than being likened to other artists, Jerome had proven that he had his own style as he walked away with the much-coveted grand prize of the biggest talent search in the country.

Before, Jerome found himself joining and winning in barangay, fiesta, and municipal singing contests, even traveling to nearby islands in small dinghies to join competitions--and not even the near-tsunami waves and stormy skies could stop him from reaching his destination.

In 2005, streamers flooded the streets of Tagbilaran City signifying their support to "Bohol's golden son." Most households had tuned to Channel 2 to watch the preceding as chores were done early and supper were served before TV Patrol Linggo not to miss every detail of the show.

Many have suspected that Jerome's career was not properly handled. Others think that he wasn't able to survive showbiz, or he has begun entertaining the illusion (delusion?) that he's that par, the usual "ailment" of new stars making a little name--even a semblance of stardom goes to their heads. Wait, 'till they fall a loud thud--and like Jerome they will wake up to painful reality (ouch!)

Having been out in the limelight, Jerome must have realized that in this world, we have two types of friends: the real and temporary friends. The latter is dangerous. They make friends with you when you're on top or when they just need your help. When the time comes that you are ugly, poor and old, they'll leave you just like that. (A piece of advice: Treasure your real friends and be a real friend too!)

While it's a sunny day, gather more hay, invest your money in business, insurance and stocks while you can still have them. I am not kidding.

And another one: Showbiz is not forever.

Jerome, a simple lad from Pilar town has gone that far in being at the top of the country's premier search for music idol even for a short time. He can inspire thousands of Filipinos that there is room at the top for those who aspire.

What's up?

Vicky Wallace (with children Abdul and Mellannie)
is an advocate of organic farming in Bohol.

From Nilo Sapong: Vicky Wallace (no, not the Singing Bee but Bohol's Queen Bee), the proprietor of Bohol Bee Farm was awarded by the Department of Science and Technology as among the Top 10 Awardees on Business Entrepreneurship. The bee farm is Vicky's way of sharing knowledge with visitors about products that are organically grown. The house's mouth-watering specialties include vegetable and honey-based products such as squash muffins, herb camote bread, and bee farm concoctions of fruity ice cream, homey spread, garden salad and honeyed tableya. Her continuing struggle to make organic farming a priority item for agriculture tops her wish list. "Let us not turn down the opportunity to help others. In life it is not only about an individual or about ourselves, but also the welfare of others."

Tagbilaran City is one of the best cites in the Philippines which offers the best quality of life, according to a new survey of the Asian Institute Management (AIM). City Mayor Dan Neri Lim should be proud of.

Miss UB Personality 2008

Mr UB Personality 2008

Carlo Roy Roslinda of the College Nursing and College of Business and Accountancy's bet Mylene Pedoro were crowned Mr and Miss UB Personality 2008 held on Sept. 18 at the UB quadrangle (part of it can be seen at History has it that the late Purisima Veloso-Datoy was the first UB Queen (formerly Rafael Palma College), while Margaret Gulle (now Mrs. Pascual who's in New York City) was the first Miss UB Personality in 1973. The first Mr UB Personality was Luisito Ytol from the Technology Department in 1985.

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Leo P. Udtohan

What readers think...

James Escano wrote:
Sunday, 8 May 2011 00:19:05 PHT
Jerome, I think your one of the better singer we ever had in the Philippines. Im having a birthday celebration this coming July 9 2011 in the city of Batangas and Im extending my invitation to you to be part of my invited singers. pleaae email me and give me some ideas of what would be the cost to have you part of my event. james escano
Patsy wrote:
Sunday, 21 March 2010 01:15:09 PHT
I miss his songs...i miss him singing...good luck jerome,and God bless you and your family...
Roger wrote:
Wednesday, 20 January 2010 09:31:41 PHT
I was a fan of Jerome and I was very happy when from a wild card slot he became the champion even though we have noticed that management favors Nikki Bacolod who's not as good when voice quality is concerned. Mabel Bacusmo had the best voice quality in their batch but Jerome had the X factor. Congrats idol. Whatever makes you happy also makes me happy. Sana bumalik ka sa singing kahit hindi ka mag full time. We miss you. God bless Roger
Mika wrote:
Monday, 2 November 2009 08:26:25 PHT
So glad to know that Jerome has found his true happiness. But he should not forget the people who was touched by his captivating voice and pure talent.I hope that in his own time,he could find the road back to music for the sake of us who believes in him. God bless your family Jerome your one in a million and more power.
anonymous wrote:
Saturday, 7 March 2009 06:45:28 PHT
hi, i wonder how you got the info. Honestly, i knew all about these. I knew jerome since 2006 since he became a boyfriend of my cousin Honey. I was encouraging him to pursue his career but he said to me upfront that he really wants a simple life. He loves to sing but not as a job. Honey and Jerome have 2 kids now and still residing in Pilar. Jerome has never changed....still a humble person. He takes care of his family very well and i hope to see my cousin and the entire family when we come home from US. I still get to talk to them once in a while. Honey and Jerome are getting married on may hopefully.

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